BENGALURU: Three Muslim students in India were thrown out of class after wearing headscarves to college.
“When we got at the classroom entrance, the instructor informed us we couldn’t enter because we were wearing the hijab,” one of the pupils told Al Jazeera.
“She requested that we take it down.”
A group of six Muslim students at a government-run women’s college in India’s Karnataka state in the south has been ordered to sit outside the classroom because the college administration claims they are “breaking the norms” by wearing hijab, which is not part of the uniform.
The hijab is “part of their faith,” the girls told Al Jazeera, and wearing it is “their right protected by the law.”
The college administration has attempted to exert pressure on the females, but they have remained obstinate.
Hijabi ladies have been tagged absent from class since December 31, despite attending college every day.
Aliya Assadi, a member of the group, told Al Jazeera, “We are not going to budge, no way.”
A photo of girls dressed in hijab and wearing college outfits sitting on the steps outside their classroom has gone popular on social media.
“It was because of this photo that our situation was brought to the attention of the media,” Assadi explained.
Their demonstration enraged the college administration, who, according to the group, ordered them to submit a letter acknowledging that they missed classes by remaining home alone.
“We attempted to reject, but the principal and professors threatened to damage our careers,” another girl, Muskan Zainab, told Al Jazeera.